Monday, February 15, 2016

Letter Formation Literacy Centers

In order for early learners to master forming letters, they must internalize each letter’s shape and orientation. As often as possible I use fun kinesthetic activities to help students with letter reversal remediation, discrimination between similarly-shaped letters (b d g q for example), and shaping hard-to-form letters (s for example). 

Here are some kinesthetic activities I use that don't require any special materials:
Alphabet Play-Doh mats are great too! They really help students 'get' letters like P and S. Here are images of my Play-Doh Mats. Click here to download them for free! Don't forget, you can use Wikki Stix as well as play-doh!
Dot painting, scissoring, and tracing also help students internalize the shape and orientation of letters. Here are some printable activities from my TpT store. 
Handwriting Without Tears has products, like the wooden pieces shown below, that you can use to help your students internalize letter shapes. Click here to take a look.
Using letter stamps is so much fun and not only reinforces letter size, shape, and direction, but it also helps with spelling. And guess what? It’s fun! My favorite letter stamps came from Lakeshore Learning.
That's it for now! I hope that you got some ideas from this post, or are able to use my freebie. If you would like to receive future posts in your Email InBox, we can do that! Just Follow Me via email. The option is near the top of the page on the right hand side and it looks like this: 

Now, for the important question... 
What are your students' favorite Literacy Centers?


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